ONE OF OVER 2,208 PASSENGER & CREW STORIES - ELEANOR WIDENER (née Elkins), BORN SEPTEMBER 21, 1861
Among the wealthiest of Titanic’s passengers was Eleanor Elkins Widener, wife of George D. Widener. A daughter of traction line magnate William L. Elkins, she led a privileged life in the highest circles of Philadelphia Society. Along with her husband and son, Harry Elkins Widener, she was returning to the United States in one of the most luxurious first-class suites on the maiden voyage of Titanic.
On the night of the disaster, the Widener family hosted a dinner in honor of Titanic’s Captain Edward J. Smith. Following the dinner, she retired to her stateroom while her husband and son hobnobbed with other wealthy men in the first-class smoking salon. When Titanic struck the iceberg, Mrs. Widener entered a lifeboat along with other wealthy women. Her husband and son were lost in the sinking.
Following Titanic, Mrs. Widener presented Harvard University with a $2 million library as a memorial to her son, a graduate of that institution. She also rebuilt St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church near Philadelphia in tribute to her husband.
In 1915, Eleanor married explorer Alexander Hamilton Rice and accompanied him on a number of explorations. In 1920, she traveled farther up the Amazon River than any white woman had ever been. Her party was savagely attacked by cannibals and killed two of them in the skirmish.
Eleanor also owned a lot of costly jewelry, including a rope of pearls valued at $750,000, which her first husband gave her as a Christmas present. Another strand of pearls, valued at $250,000, was lost on Titanic.
Eleanor Elkins Widener Rice died of a sudden heart attack in 1937 while shopping in Paris, France. --- [b]From the Titanic Museum at Pigeon Forge, TN[/b]...a great way to spend part of a day.
Of course, since the Titanic had enough lifeboats for only half its passengers, many people were never going to make it off the ship alive. When the bow filled with enough water, Long says, the ship split in two and sank in a matter of minutes.
Interestingly, much of the survivor testimony seems to confirm this sequence of events. Charlie Joughin, Titanic's chief baker, said that he had been standing near the stern when the ship went under, but he reported none of the signs of a high-angle break. No suction, no big splash, and no roller-coaster ride to the surface. He said he swam away from the ship without even getting his hair wet. Unlike in the Cameron film, there was no huge wave reported from any of the lifeboats when the stern went under. One survivor reported slipping into the water, turning around, and discovering the ship had disappeared. "He was in the water 50 feet from the ship, he heard a 'shloop,' and it was gone," says Long. "That's not what a person would remember if 25,000 tons of steel fell nearby."
From U.S. News & World Report article on possible cause of breakup of Titanic.
Cameron might surprise us all; he has a larger checkbook than does NASA. Private sector enterprise. With his other hand, he is making a sequel to Avatar...
AnyWHO -- latest with me is a Sound recording of excellent quality for my Brain Stem prologue. Find it here and enjoy the chilling opening to Brain Stem and as it is on Youtube, getting all seven minutes in was a trick I left to others!
Lol, wanna take bets on how the new ship will sink? Iceburge, Huge Rock or Pissed Off Ancestors retaliating for all the slaughtered whales? My money's on the Ancestors, they have a way of getting even with mankind.
Maybe Rob better start working on a Paranormal where all of the ghosts from all the people entombed on the first Titanic haunt the new one and take over the ship!
It is a known fact that you can lose weight by hefting a weighty book around and my Titanic, even on a kindle, is damn weighty. Yes you CAN lose weight if your mind is tricked into it...if you are mentally being made to sweat, bleed, faint, gasp, laugh uncontrollably. Fiction is the cure for rotten reality!